John P. and Alice Guckin

The John P. Guckin Memorial scholarship was established in 1979 by his wife, Alice. Dr. Guckin was an Associate Prof. in the Education department and director of audio visual aids at UW-Superior. He passed away in 1978.

Dr. Guckin graduated from Pennsylvania State University three times, in 1954 with a B.S. in Forestry, 1957 a B.S. in Education and in 1966 he took his PhD. in Educational Psychology. His major emphasis on his doctorate was in educational media and his minor emphasis was in international development. He did additional graduate work at the University of Alaska the summer of 1959. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship in 1963-1964 and became a Fulbright Scholar in 1970 and went to the Vidyalankara University of Ceylon until 1977.

While serving as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) expert in educational media in 1972-1974 in Nigeria; Dr. Guckin was granted a traditional chieftaincy title in recognition of his service to the people. He co-authored, “African Roots of Jazz”, Alfred Publishing Co. 1971. He was always available to the art department offering our students hospitality and an opportunity to view slides of his African trips and to study his growing collection of African art objects.